Latest News for HBO's Documentary

HBO Documentaries are a cornerstone of the network's premium lineup. Unlike anything done on other networks- HBO empowers filmmakers to explore their world and share it with the rest of us through their eyes. Academy Award winning films have been launched on HBO and great documentaries are produced year in and year out. Air times vary so keep an eye on this page for the latest updates or check out our schedule page above. We're one of the only sites on the web that reviews all of HBO's Docs. The following is the latest news and commentary on HBO's documentary films.

HBO Documentary Films: ONE LAST HUG: THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP

HBO Documentary Films: ONE LAST HUG: THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP

Overview: One in seven American children experiences the death of a loved one before age 20, and few adults know how to help deal with the grief that follows. ONE LAST HUG: THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP highlights the work of professional counselors and volunteers at Camp Erin, a three-day program that encourages grieving children ranging in age from six to 17 to share their feelings and memories of lost loved ones with their peers. The camp, founded by baseball star Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen in memory of Erin Metcalf, a fan who died of cancer at 17, takes place in 43 locations...

Documentary Update: PAYCHECK Follow-Up, THE CASE AGAINST 8 & More

Documentary Update: PAYCHECK Follow-Up, THE CASE AGAINST 8 & More

This post is a combination of news about HBO Documentary Films. Our first segment is a follow-up to one of the recent documentaries to air and the rest are announcements for upcoming non-fiction fare under the documentary banner. There are some interesting topics ahead.   PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK Interview The LA Times has an interview up with single parent Katrina Gilbert who was featured in the HBO Documentary Films: PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK: THE LIFE AD TIMES OF KATRINA GILBERT. Here are a few highlights from that interview and note that the first link above gets you to the conversation...

HBO Documentary Films: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S HIGH HOPES

HBO Documentary Films: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S HIGH HOPES

We know it was a big weekend for HBO as it gave us non-fiction Friday night; a big movie premiere on Saturday and the debuts of Sunday. Leading off the big weekend of April 4 – 6 was a piece that might have got lost in the schedule. We give it proper notice now. Overview: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S HIGH HOPES, chronicling the making of his 18th studio album, debuted Friday, 04.04 at 9:30pm, exclusively on HBO. The half-hour documentary by Grammy- and Emmy-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny explores the creation of “High Hopes,” which reached the No. 1 position in 20 countries after its January...

HBO Documentary Films: THE UNIVERSITY OF SING SING

HBO Documentary Films: THE UNIVERSITY OF SING SING

Overview: “What happens to a dream deferred?” asked Langston Hughes in his classic poem “Harlem.”The question is especially relevant within the walls of the Sing Sing Correctional Facility, where 1,700 men serve lengthy prison sentences, often for violent crimes.  In 1998, five former inmates founded the privately funded Hudson Link for Higher Education, which enables incarcerated men and women to earn a college diploma. Through Hudson Link’s partnership with Mercy College, Sing Sing prisoners are able to receive the same curriculum and diploma as on-campus students, with...

HBO Documentary Films: PRISON TERMINAL: THE LAST DAYS OF PRIVATE JACK HALL

HBO Documentary Films: PRISON TERMINAL: THE LAST DAYS OF PRIVATE JACK HALL

Overview: Nearly 20% of prisoners in U.S. penitentiaries are elderly. Over the next decade, approximately 100,000 inmates, many serving life sentences, will die alone in their cells. As a result, some prisons have created hospices that enlist inmate volunteers to care for these terminally ill prisoners.  Oscar-nominated this year in the category of Documentary Short Subject, PRISON TERMINAL: THE LAST DAYS OF PRIVATE JACK HALL goes behind the walls of the Iowa State Penitentiary, one of America’s oldest maximum-security prisons, to tell the story of a terminally ill World War II veteran...

HBO Documentary Films: PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF KATRINA GILBERT

HBO Documentary Films: PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK – THE LIFE AND TIMES OF KATRINA GILBERT

Overview: Filmed over the course of one year in Chattanooga, Tenn., PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK follows Katrina Gilbert, a 30-year-old mother of three who works as a certified nursing assistant in an extended-care facility while striving to address her own health-care issues. Overworked, underpaid, uninsured and lacking support, she chooses daily between purchasing her own medication and paying for the needs of her three children, which often leaves her struggling to make ends meet. Despite these obstacles, Gilbert works to better her circumstances, applying for college courses that could raise her...

Bruce Springsteen HBO Special to Debut 04.04.

Bruce Springsteen HBO Special to Debut 04.04.

This upcoming film came from nowhere but we’ll take it! BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: HIGH HOPES debuts 04.04 at 9:30pm ET. Is it an HBO Special or a documentary? The video clip we show you here calls it an HBO Special while the Press Release, portions also below, calls it a documentary. Or is it an infomercial? Whatever it is it appears on HBO and showcases The Boss’s latest album “High Hopes” which released in January ’14.      Press Release – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S HIGH HOPES, chronicling the making of his 18th studio album, will debut FRIDAY, APRIL 4 (9:30-10:00 p.m. ET/PT),...

HBO Documentary Films: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

HBO Documentary Films: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO A BEAUTIFUL WOMAN

Overview: Runway model Sandra Bush dreamed of becoming the first African-American supermodel, only to struggle with addiction and despair. But she later achieved celebrity as Mama Bush, the model for some of the best-known and widely admired paintings by her daughter, acclaimed artist Mickalene Thomas. Inspired by her mother’s years of struggle, Thomas asked Bush to pose for a series of sexy, suggestive portraits evocative of ’70s pop culture. The photographs served as the basis for some of Thomas’ most acclaimed paintings and Bush became a muse to her daughter.  Drawing on personal...

HBO Documentary Film: QUESTIONING DARWIN

HBO Documentary Film: QUESTIONING DARWIN

Overview: Modern-day Creationists reject the idea that the Earth is billions of years old and that humans are descended from primates, believing instead in the literal interpretation of the Bible. Directed by Antony Thomas (HBO’s Peabody-winning FOR NEDA), this documentary takes an in-depth look at the views of those who reject Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution while chronicling Darwin’s own journey as a young man whose beliefs were changed when he experienced the world first-hand.   Narrated by Brian Protheroe, QUESTIONING DARWIN draws on Darwin’s own words, performed by Sam...

HBO Documentary Films: HERBLOCK – THE BLACK & THE WHITE

HBO Documentary Films: HERBLOCK – THE BLACK & THE WHITE

Overview: For 55 years, Herbert L. Block’s signature “Herblock” was affixed to memorable cartoons that were published daily in the Washington Post and syndicated throughout the country in more than 1,800 newspapers. A true patriot, he elevated editorial cartoons to a level rivaling and, in critical ways, surpassing prose journalism, giving “a voice to the voiceless” through strokes of a pen. In HERBLOCK – THE BLACK & THE WHITE, actor Alan Mandell portrays the cartoonist (who died in 2001) in scenes scripted from his speeches and interviews, and filmed in a re-creation of...

HBO Docs Update: The Latest about Sam Berns; Pussy Riot and TROPHY KIDS

HBO Docs Update: The Latest about Sam Berns; Pussy Riot and TROPHY KIDS

This is a unique post. I have never followed up on a documentary after its debut but as of late some news has surfaced related to films we have covered. The most meaningful update comes first: LIFE ACCORDING TO SAM’s Sam Berns has died.   On Friday, 01.10.14 the young man of seventeen succumbed from complications due to the rapid aging disease Progeria.  The Progeria Research Foundation, founded by Sam parents and his aunt, issued a simple statement upon his death. It reminded us that the average age expectancy for someone with the disease is only thirteen so, as you can see, Sam lived...

HBO Documentary Schedule: First Half of 2014

HBO Documentary Schedule: First Half of 2014

HBO Watch is proud to be one of, if not the only site dedicated to covering not just some but ALL of HBO’s documentaries as they appear on the network.  Special thanks to our head writer, Jef Dinsmore for locking that down over the years.  Here are the documentaries you’ll be enjoying and we’ll be reviewing over the first half of 2014. Upcoming HBO documentaries include (in chronological order): HERBLOCK – THE BLACK & THE WHITE (Jan. 27) traces the life of Herbert L. Block, who started cartooning in his teens in Chicago and went on to win four Pulitzer Prizes and...

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